well, I guess better late than never can fit here. I'm glad to see Laura and Oliver finally REALLY talk about...stuff. I hope they both are finally smart enough to realize they want more than friendship from each other, and they are perfectly capable of managing their careers and a relationship at the same time. I'm really interested to know what Oliver said to his dad in his intoxicated rant about Laura. As if Mr. Wood needs more ammunition to fire at her...please update soon!
Author's Response: Yes, Laura and Oliver aren't exactly rushing into anything, are they? ;-) I'm not trying to drag it out--just trying to stay true to their characters. You know what? I'm really interested to find out what Oliver said to his dad, too. Mr. Wood's parts in these chapters are never planned. He just shows up. Seriously. And his randomly showing up all of the time is one reason there has to be an epilogue. Anyway, I'll post the next chapter soon after the queue reopens. Hope you enjoy the rest of the story! Thanks for reviewing!
YAY!!!!!!! Apologies are goooooooood! They make me cry though. That chapter almost made me cry. I was like, "Oliver and Laura, just kiss and make up, alright?" I love this stoooooooooooooooory! Great chapter though. Filled with lots of goodie gum-drops!
Author's Response: Glad you liked it! The next chapter is ready to go up, but it will probably end up in the queue for a while. (I'm guessing when the queue reopens, there will be a lot of submissions.) Haha, I'm surprised that the chapter almost made you cry because I definitely wasn't going for tears. Just moving towards a resolution... ;) Hope you enjoy the rest of the story, and thanks for the review.
sorry that last review just made me laugh! Umm, yeah I hope they(the mods) hurry up with the next chapter...
Author's Response: The last review made me laugh, too. I think the chapter will be up very, very soon. Hope you like it!
This story makes me smiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiile:). I really looooooooooooooooooooove it. Oliver Wood is so extremely awwwwwwwwsome. But he needs to admit his feelings to Laura and quit being such a duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuumbbutt. You are a geeeeeeeeeenius. I love your miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind. Keep up the gooooooooood work. See you next time!
Author's Response: The next chappie is in the quuuuueeeeuuuueee. It should be up soon. Hope you enjoy it!
this is my new favorite story! I read the whole thing in one sitting last night, and was sleeping through class all day today, but it was totally worth it. You have some great conflicts between characters and i love the plot. I'm really anxious to see what happens at the New Year's party and how awkward it will or won't be. I'm a totally girly girl and I want to see Laura and Oliver dance, kiss, and live happily ever after (I know, i'm a total sucker for happy endings like that)! update soon so I can have a really good excuse to ignore my homework and do something much more interesting!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! I've had those late nights, too, and I'm glad you think it was worth staying up. The New Year's party is in two parts. The first part is in the queue. The second part is technically the last chapter in the story, although there will be an epilogue. Hope you enjoy the rest of the story!
ARGH! I am so horrible at guessing these things! I REALLY hope that you're almost done with the next chappie!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Author's Response: Yep! The next chapter has been in the queue for a while. It should be up soon. :) Thanks for leaving review.
Ha, finally another chapter! I've been dying to read more! You know how much I've been enjoying reading this. Need I say it again? Alright. But wait, before that, you gave me a right heart attack with the Bernard being Oliver's son thingy. I could have hit Oliver, what a relief that he hasn't been dating anyone. And I liked how you told us what we needed to know along rather than giving a whole account of what happened in four years. Bernard is cute, I liked him. Except for his name, maybe. But he's not annnoying at all like all other kids are. I can't wait for the New Years Party, especially meeting Oliver's father again. I know he's bad, but I kinda like him. Anyway, post next chapter soon!
Author's Response: Yay! Glad that you like the newest character, Bernard. It might be a bit unrealistic that Bernard isn't very irritating, but it's necessary to the plot for him to be very likable. In a year or two, he'll probably be intolerable, but you won't have to read about that. ;) I'll post the next chapter very, very soon. And, not to worry, Mr. Wood will get his share of 'screentime' again. I kind of like Mr. Wood, too. (It's fun to write his passive aggressive personality.) But I don't think he's bad...just overprotective. Thanks for the review, and I hope you enjoy the next chapter!
Ahh! I'm pretty new to fanfiction, and this is one of the first stories I read. I love it. It is so much more realistic than most stories. Your characters are lively and wonderful. Keep up the great work!
Author's Response: Welcome to the fan fiction world! I'm glad that you stumbled upon this story and that you are enjoying it. The next two chapters will be up soon, and after that, only an epilogue is left. Hope you like the chapters to come, and thanks for the review!
Aah, yes, finally it is here! *Puts in "Jerk it Out", which is her happy dance music and does: (what else?) her happy dance... okay, not really, but she does in her head* Great job, as usual. I'm glad that her and Oliver are definitely getting along again now. I have to think that Bernard helped with that one. And while Bernard may not be the most popular of names, trust me, there are worse ones out there.
Author's Response: I think Bernard definitely helped Oliver and Laura with that one. Ian helped, too. Funny how those two can't do anything right without people pushing them in the right direction, huh? I agree that there are worse names out there, but I think Bernard has to be pretty high up on the list. Poor kid...I can be so unkind to these characters sometimes. Thanks for the review, and I hope you like the rest of the story!
Great chapter! I loved the whole name bit, and I have to agree Bernard is a horrible name for a child (no means to affend anyone), when I heard it, it reminded me of the elf from Santa Claus (the moive with Tim Alan). Yeah I know i'm weird. Anyways, I can't wait to see what happens in the next chapter!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. Glad we're in agreement on the name. ; ) The next chapter will be up soon. I just want to proofread read it one more time. Hope you enjoy the next chapter!
Great one! That was really good. Poor oliver, but thinking that an old boyfriend (who you still liked) had had a kid without telling you would make life intresting. Keep writing!
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing! Yes, that would make things interesting, wouldn't it? The next two chapters will be up soon. Hope you like the rest of the story!
I've absolutely love this story!! You're an excellent writer and hope you'll do more stories!! By the way... thanks for using my name..lol!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! I'm planning on writing more stories after this one is finished, although I'm not sure which project I'll pick up next. Maybe I'll write some one-shots for a while. Less commitment. ; ) Hope you enjoy the rest of the story.
oh my freaking heck. I can't believe you've left everyone here! Post your next chapter. Do it. Now. -is a hypocrite and must now upload her own new chapter that she's had written and ready for about six months...-
Author's Response: The next three chapters are written, and I'll put the first of the three up very soon! You know how much of a perfectionist I am. I have to read through all of them at least once more. ;) But there will be an update very, very soon.
I really like this story, I meant to review earliar but I was busy. So anyways, I really like the story. I love how Oliver still cares and all. Waiting for the next chapter!
Author's Response: Thanks very much! Definitely understand being busy. I'm still working on the next section. It's finally Spring Break, so hopefully that will speed up my progress.
What an original fic! It’s very rare that you get a fic featuring Oliver Wood, let alone Percy as well. I loved how you described Laura’s feelings for Oliver in this, very real to how I imagine someone to feel in that situation. One paragraph in particular I thought was amusing, when she’s saying she has to tell him before someone else does, then her contrasting feelings on whether to tell him or not - very realistic and funny! I really enjoyed that bit! I do think that you ought to be careful and make sure that you include some of Laura’s bad characteristics too, but it’s not too extreme, so don’t worry too much! Another thing I would like to see more of is your description, not just of feelings, in which what you do write is well done, but some of the surroundings. What you did of the Quidditch match was good, but I feel you could have expanded it a bit more, and put some description to break up some of the speech near the end. But, a very interesting fic (for what I‘ve read so far), a great concept. Oh, the “A crystal ball?" line made me laugh! Good work.
Author's Response: Thanks very much for the constructive crit! I'd love to hear what you think of the newer chapters (to see if you think I've improved over the last year)! Thanks for the tips on Laura's characterization and description. Those are two things I've been working on since I started posting. :) Hope you keep reading. Thanks again for the great review.
I saw the banner for this story in MNFF beta forums yesterday, but I couldn't remember much about it today when I went looking for a good story to read. I must say, I rather enjoyed this story more than I expected to. I'm normally not one for Mary Sue stories, but I have to admit this is the perfect one! I think one of the reasons why it's so good is because you used a character that not too many people know about (Oliver Wood) and REALLY bring his character out. I really enjoy how well the story flows while maintaining the plot, conflict, and characters. You are doing a great job with this story. I think that's one of the main reasons why I don't mind it being a Mary Sue story so much. Keep up the good work! I can't wait to read the next installment!~MALD
Author's Response: I'm glad I'm not the only one who goes to the beta forums to find stories to read. :) I have to admit that I wasn't quite sure how to take your review at first because of the "Mary Sue story" thing. But I have to admit that the OC in this story definitely has some Mary Sue qualities: a tragic past, guilt, intelligence, she's a Gryffindor, she falls in love with a canon character. I hope you think that Laura has gotten to be less Mary-Sue-like as the story went along. I've become more conscious that Laura has these Sue traits, which, when they are not ignored, can be turned into fairly decent character flaws. But it is never a bad thing to be reminded that Laura has these traits that need to be kept in check, so thank you for that! I have a feeling that Oliver Wood probably is one of the easier canon characters to work with because he doesn't have much of a character in the canon. All JKR really gave us was his obsession with Quidditch, which is just enough information to make him interesting. :) Thanks very much for the constructive criticism! I think this is just the review I needed to encourage me to keep working on the next segment of the story, which will be the part of the story that will make it quite hard to keep the characterizations of Laura and Oliver. I'll do my best, and I hope you'll enjoy the rest of the story!
Reminding you to PLEASE UPDATE SOON!
Author's Response: Thanks for the polite kick in the pants. ;) Here's the down low on where Do Be My Enemy is: the next segment of the story is going to be much too long to fit into one chapter. In fact, there is a very real possibility that the next part of the story will be three chapters long. However, I probably won't be updating the story until the first drafts of the two/three chapters are done. (I'm holding off so that I can better decide where to cut off chapters and so that I can rewrite any part of any chapter if I need to.) The bad news is that the next update will take longer because of the length of this next segment. The good news is that, once the next chapter goes up, one or two more chapters will follow shortly on its heels. And the best news is that I AM making progress on the story (over thirty pages are already written), and I am happy with what I have so far. :) Thank you all very much for following this story despite some of the longer waits! I am doing my best to make all of your waiting worthwhile! :) -ByMerlinsBeard
I'm just writing to tell you that I'm still enjoying your story as much as ever, but i just hate logging in. It takes to much time. I appreciate how if you don't have anything inportant to write about for a six-month period in the story, you don't. You put a nice, short, paragraph about anything that is important to known, and then just get on with the story. Keep writing, two thumbs up!
Author's Response: Glad you like the skippage of time. Because that's the rule from here on out. ;) However, there probably won't just be a short paragraph catching you up. If you need to know something that happened, it'll be mentioned in dialogue (maybe with an explanation if necessary). (A lot of the next chapter is set up this way.) Hope you like the rest of the story and thanks for the review!
all i can say is wow, this is by far the best fanfic i have ever read, the writing is excellent and your ideas are great! i always love reading fanfics about characters other then the main ones and i recomend your story to all my friends! i'm sad though because i've been reading this fic for the past three days and i've always been able to just get to the next chapter, but now i have to wait, is there anyway you can let me know when you've updated? that would be awesome, keep up the great work
Author's Response: Thanks very much! I'm thrilled you liked it that much, and I hope your friends act on your recommendation. ;) I can try to remember to let you know when I update. I have contact info in my profile. Send me an e-mail or a PM with your e-mail addy or something like that and I'll try to send you a message when I update. Thanks for reviewing.
They ran away from Hagrid?! Man, but that is wierd... And here's a little hint for you: to make italics, you do this:
I'm not sure whether that actually worked... so I'm going to put full stops between each part. <.i.> word<./.i.> But you probably knew that already...
Author's Response: Yeah, most of the chapters have asterisks instead of code to put words in italics. I haven't gone back and changed that, though I should. Thanks for the reminder and the review.